CMU Approved

Approved: Kelela

By | Published on Wednesday 2 October 2013


Starting off part-time as a hire-a-vocalist for Teengirl Fantasy and Daedelus, LA-based Kelela is now a solo artist heavy with potential.

Released yesterday, her astonishingly poised first swipe at mixtape-making, ‘Cut 4 Me’, finds her at the heart of a briar-patch of basement R&B beats by the likes of Kingdom, Girl Unit, Bok Bok, Jam City, Nguzunguzu and Morri$, all DJs associated with the Night Slugs label and its States-based sister, Fade To Mind.

To a track, all the mix’s ideas are slick and strident, sliding over genre divides in one big wash of static bass and silvery, Solangian R&B. Tap into those things by downloading it for £0 now: